I made these to take to a friend’s brunch on Christmas Eve. They are super easy to make and are just delicious. You will never buy granola bars again.
The recipe calls for pumpkin seeds, nuts, etc., but at my local grocery store they sell something called Brain Food. The one type that I chose was pumpkin seeds, nuts, and raisins mixed together so I used the entire container of this (I think it was 16 oz) instead of each individual ingredients. I also added a small bag of dried cranberries. I used fat free sweetened condensed milk to save some calories and this worked perfectly and is how I will make them in the future.
I found the recipe on Allrecipes and it’s a keeper!
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup dried cranberries
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
Preheat an oven to 350º.
Line a 13×9-inch pan with lightly-greased parchment paper; an inch or so of parchment paper should stick up on 2 sides to form lifting handles.
Mix both oats, pumpkin seeds, both nuts, cranberries, and sweetened condensed milk together in a bowl and spread into the prepared pan, evenly pressing into the corners and out to the sides.
Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden brown, 20-25 minutes, using slightly less time for chewier bars and slightly more time for crunchier bars. I went longer for crunchier bars.
Let the bars cool for 5 minutes in the pan before using the parchment paper to lift them from the pan. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars. Let the bars cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Makes 24 bars.